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beginning to feel like early winter. right now at reagan national, it's at a chilly 43 degrees. the rain we had overnight has ended and pulled far to our north. it's now partly cloudy through much of the region. we've got a south/southwesterly breeze 5 to 10 miles an hour. it's going to increase as we get through the middle part of the day and into the afternoon. clouds still linger over the shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia, into the mountains. east of there, it's partly cloudy to clear in most locatio locations. temperatures have dipped into the upper 30s. closer to washington, we're near 40 degrees. southern maryland and around the bay and eastern shore, it's in the low and mid-40s. sunrise 7:06. clouds throughout the day with a bit of a blustery wind in the afternoon. sunrise at 7:06. sunset at 4:47. highs only in the low 50s midafternoon. a look at your evening planner. colder tonight.
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that will be coming up in ten minutes. danella, good morning. how's traffic? roadways look very good right now. good thing the roads are dry. montgomery county, here's the travel speed on the outer loop, from i-95 to i-270, only 45 miles. taking you ten minutes to make that trip. on the beltway in virginia, here's the view from robinson terminal. no problems on the inner loop. you're at 49 miles an hour. only taking you 14 minutes to make your commute. and traveling i-95 in virginia, fairfax county parkway, not seeing any problems traveling north or south on i-95 in virginia. traveling northbound from prince william parkway to the beltway, 62 miles per hour, only taking 14 minutes. now back to you both? >> thank you, danella. today the gaithersburg man jailed in aruba for the past four months will be heading back to the united states. these pictures were taken just as gary giordano left prison last night. the 50-year-old was being held in connection with robyn gardner's disappearance.
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she was last seen on august the 2nd. giordano told police she never came back from a snorkeling trip. aruban prosecutors believe that gardner was murdered. last week a judge ruled prosecutors did not have evidence to keep giordano behind bars. gardner's friends worry that justice will never be served. >> it makes it tough because he gets to come home and robyn doesn't, and where's our friend? >> sources tell nbc news that giordano will fly to miami and possibly to new york this morning. meanwhile, prosecutors will be in court today to appeal giordano's release. if they win that appeal, prosecutors will try to get him extradited back to the island as soon as possible, they say. we're following breaking news this morning out of philadelphia, where occupy philadelphia protesters have been forced from their encampment near city hall. the demonstrators marched through the streets of philadelphia overnight after they were evicted, and police took down their tents. all of this comes more than two days after the deadline passed
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for the protestors to leave the area. we have not heard of any arrests or injuries at this point. a little more than an hour ago, police raided occupy los angeles protesters camp. some climbed into trees and set off fireworks as police arrived. witnesses, though, say the rest of the crowd remained relatively peaceful as officers broke up the camp. the los angeles mayor had warned the demonstrators last week that he wanted them out of the plaza near city halaby monday morning. today metro will officially open the third brand new escalator at the foggy bottom station. these are the first new escalators in more than a decade. the aging transit system had its share of problems last year. four people were taken to the hospital after the l'enfant escalator sped up and threw four people off. the foggy bottom escalator buckled, causing a woman to fall backwards. most metro riders are happy with the improvements.
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>> it definitely looks great. i know they had problems in the past with everything. they seem to be pretty operational now. >> metro is also celebrating the opening of seven refurbished escalators at union station. they're part of metro's$150 million effort to make its more than 500 escalators more reliable. today the man who nearly assassinated president ronald reagan will attempt to gain more freedom from the psychiatric hospital he has called home for three decades. a series of hearings are set to begin today in d.c. federal court to assess the mental health of john hinckley jr. hinckley has gained increasing freedom from st. elizabeth's hospital over the years, especially visits to his mother. now his lawyers are seeking longer visits, up to 24 days in length, and time that is not monitored by the secret service. the federal government, however, says hinckley is still dangerous. opening statements begin at 9:30 this morning. also today, the man
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suspected as the east coast rapist will make his first appearance in a virginia court. investigators say they have dna evidence that links aaron thomas to the rapes and attacks on 17 women from virginia to new england. thomas had been in custody in connecticut since march. he was just extradited to prince william county yesterday. he faces several life sentences if he's convicted of the attacks in virginia. now to decision 2012. the republican presidential field could lose a candidate. herman cain has told staffers he is reassessing his run for the top job. the move comes one day after an atlanta woman came forward, alleging a 13-year affair with the married man. cain unequivocally denies having an affair. he says the woman was a friend he'd been trying to help financially. an nbc news crew asked him if he was dropping out of the race. here's what he said. >> 9-9-9, doing fine.
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>> earlier he said, "we have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud in some people's minds as to whether or not they'd be able to support us going forth." he also added, "it's taken a toll on my wife and my family." >> those of you who will be 21 by november the 12th, i ask for your support and your vote. those of you who won't be, just work hard because you're going to inherit this, and you're counting on us to get this right. >> meanwhile, gop presidential hopeful rick perry made two mistakes in that one sentence while appealing to young people in new hampshire. the voting age is 18, not 21. and election day is november 6th, not the 12th. perry denies reports he will shake up his campaign staff. >> practice makes perfect, i guess. >> a couple of interesting sound bites from some potential candidates. >> staying on message, that's for sure. 4:37 is the time. ahead on "news 4 today," an emotional plea from a family as
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police ask for your help finding a driver in a deadly hit and run accident.
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good morning.
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time for weather and traffic early on this wednesday morning, the final day of november. i'm meteorologist tom kierein in stormcenter 4. the rain has moved up toward new england, upstate new york, getting a few snow showers in southwestern west virginia. those may move into western maryland and northern west virginia in the next few hours. elsewhere, we've begun to clear out in most areas. we've got the sky clear, and it's colder down into the mid and upper 30s throughout much of the region now. closer to washington, it's in the upper 30s to near 40 in the nearby suburbs. southern maryland near the bay, northern neck, low to mid-40s. sunrise at 7:06. we'll have clouds throughout the day with a bit of a blustery wind that will shift to the northwest and gust around 20 to 25 miles an hour. temperatures climb into the low 50s. that's going to be it for the afternoon. that's about the average high throughout the rest of the year. and then a chilly night around midnight near 40 and near freezing by this time tomorrow morning. a look at the rest of the week and the weekend in about ten
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minutes. danella, how's traffic? >> good morning. if you're getting ready to head out of the house, not seeing any problems along the beltway. if you're heading up 270, we'll take the ride together. looks good traveling 270 north and south. making your way from urbanurbans you head down towards clarksburg, through germantown, not seeing any issues. traveling through rockville, i'll give you a live look at rockville. volume is very light. as you make your way towards the spur, you're clear. northbound is clear as well. i'll give you a travel speed. making your way from the spur to the beltway, you're at 60 miles per hour. only taking two minutes to make that trip. >> right now it's 4:42. still to come, helping a school district get back on its feet. the new aid that will help rebuild the virginia schools.
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this morning brand new child molestation allegations against former syracuse assistant basketball coach bernie fine. the new york post is now reporting a fourth accuser is coming forward, saying he was abused as a teen. the newspaper says the unidentified man contacted authorities shortly after accusations initially surfaced. three men, including two former syracuse ball boys, have already accused fine of molesting them. last night the syracuse basketball team played its first game since fine was fired. afterwards, head coach jim boeheim addressed the allegations and those who are calling for him to be fired too. >> there's an investigation under way. there are no charges. there are no indictments. there is no grand jury.
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there is no action being taken. when that is done, then we will see what has happened on my watch. >> syracuse fired fine when a third accuser came forward sunday and an audiotape surfaced. one of the first accusers reportedly recorded a phone call of fine's wife saying she knew about the abuse. later today, penn state students and administrators will hold a town hall meeting to talk about the sex abuse scandal. the forum is the first of three meetings to give students a chance to voice any concerns. former assistant football coach jerry sandusky is accuseded of sexually abusing eight boys over a period of 15 years. the u.s. embassy in tehran is evacuating its staff one day after iranian protesters stormed the buildings. demonstrators smashed windows and threw rocks at the embassy. the protesters were upset that
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britain increased its sanctions on iran after the nuclear agency reported iran was trying to build nuclear weapons. a new earthquake overnight in turkey. no major damage from this one, but it did send panic through tent cities. last month the earthquake flattened nearly 2,000 buildings. a virginia school rebuilding from the east coast earthquake now has more national support. the national education foundation gave louisa county a $10,000 donation. thomas jefferson elementary and louisa county high school have the most damage and have been closed since the august quake. the nea donation is in addition to federal aid released earlier this month. louisa county schools is also holding community fund raisers to pay for the cost of repairs. police say that drag racing
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could be the cause of a deadly accident that killed a 72-year-old man. this happened early on monday on the baltimore washington parkway near powder mill road in beltsville. louis poteat was on his way to work when he was run into by the driver of a dark mercedes. poteat's car was run off the road, and he was killed. the hit and run has left family and friends devastated. >> i've known louis poteat about 20 years. >> what kind of guy was he? >> very, very nice guy, one of the best guys you'd ever want to meet. very friendly, very kind, real hard worker. >> park police say the driver of the mercedes was racing someone in a silver lexus. they're asking anyone who saw the two cars to contact them. detectives may have a lead on a string of carjackings and abductions in montgomery county. according to "the washington post," police questioned a man from prince george's county last night about the attacks. so far he has not been charged. in the last week someone has
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carjacked three older men in the westfield wheaton shopping center. they were each forced into the passenger seat of their cars, driven to area atms, before being released. one 75-year-old man was also beaten and cut with the box cutter. earlier this week, investigators released surveillance video of a man believed to be the attacker walking in the target store at the shopping center. two people are in custody this morning in connection with a series of robberies involving d.c. cabbies. police arrested 25-year-old henry delanto williams of southeast washington and a 15-year-old from capitol heights, maryland. both are charged with robbing three cabbies. police say the suspects have been known to hail cabs near metro stations. there may be more cab robbers out there. police say 11 robberies and carjackings have happened in the district this month alone. today euro zone financial ministers agreed to ramp up their rescue fund but won't say by how much.
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they also may turn to the imf for more help as borrowing costs continue to rise. they agreed to give greece a $10.7 billion loan to fend off a financial collapse. some economists believe without deep spending cuts, tax hikes, and bailouts, the european economy could collapse and spark a new global financial crisis. investors' uncertainty about the euro's future sent asian stock markets down today. right now european futures are down, but u.s. futures are up. right now u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton is heading to myanmar for a three-day visit. clinton will be the most senior u.s. official to visit the country since 1962, when generals took power and largely closed it off to the outside world. her trip comes two weeks after president obama announced the change in policy. myanmar held elections last year that brought a new government to power that pledged greater openness. this morning vice president joe biden is in iraq on a surprise visit to mark the last month of the war.
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biden arrived around 11:00 yesterday morning. he just finished a meeting with prime minister nouri al maliki in which he reiterated america's promise to remove all troops by the end of the year. he also talked about future military cooperation and the amount of assistance the u.s. will provide to iraqi security forces. the "today" show's ann curry will sit down with the vice president for an exclusive interview coming up at 7:00 right here on nbc 4. congress is trying to make it easier for service members to get home to their families for the holidays. the house passed a bill unanimously yesterday that will give members of the military special preferences to get through airport security checkpoints faster. the senate must now vote on this measure. the department of homeland security will have six months to come up with this system. if the bill becomes law, the first beneficiaries would probably be the troops returning from afghanistan next year. three connecticut men awarded a human powerball jackpot say there's no cover-up
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despite claims they're protecting the real winner's identity. the three money managers came forward to collect the $254 million prize on monday. yesterday the landlord for their company said the men were fronting for the real winner who wanted to remain anonymous. the trio denies that claim and says there's no fourth person. whoever the real winner is, a lawyer does say most of the money is going to go to charity. >> i have no comment, but my associates are doing just as they were instructed. >> all right. we're talking about the weather. it is cold out there. >> yeah, big change occurred overnight. good-bye to our springtime in november weather as we're now turning much more seasonable. especially the last couple hours, the thermometer continuing to lower, and temperatures down in the 30s throughout much of the region. good morning. i'm meteorologist tom kierein. right now at reagan national under a partly cloudy, mostly clear sky. it's at 43. we've got a south/southwesterly
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breeze around 5, 10, 15 miles per hour. that wind could increase and have gusts up to 25 miles an hour later today. all this courtesy of an area of low pressure that came through with the rain yesterday. now the center of that low is up in western pennsylvania, and it's continuing to press away. as it does, it's bringing in colder air behind it moving into the mountains now. a few clouds there. maybe a few showers out in western maryland and west virginia later this morning. here's a closer view of what's been happening the last 12 hours. mostly clear from the atlantic beaches all the way to the blue ridge. most locations are cloudy now. we have temperatures out of the clouds into the mountains, still above freezing in the low 40s. where it's cleared out, waters of the bay, down in the 30s montgomery, prince george's, northern fairfax. much of northern virginia and much of the rural region of maryland. temperatures by sunrise, maybe even a little chillier.
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sunrise this morning at 7:06. by 9:00, we'll be back in the mid-40s. clouds in and out after some sun at dawn. then a mostly cloudy middle of the day. just a small chance of a sprinkle perhaps around noontime. during the afternoon, we'll have that blustery wind. it will be near 40 degrees. the wind should diminish under a clear sky. sunset at 4:47. by dawn tomorrow, we'll be dawn to just near 30 degrees. and a cold start to the day on thursday. afternoon highs tomorrow with sunshine near 50. cold mornings each day friday, saturday, and sunday. afternoons with some sunshine should make it into the low 50s. monday clouding up, maybe monday evening into tuesday, could get some rain. danella, how's traffic? >> so far a great start if you're getting ready to hit the roadways any time soon. let's take a look at i-95 and bw
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parkway as you make your way from the baltimore beltway and heading all the way down to the beltway in prince george's county and looping around to the beltway in montgomery county. i'm not seeing any problems for you this morning in either direction. if you're taking your commute on i-66 in virginia, we'll take a live look at fairfax county parkway. here we go. not seeing any issues for you if you're traveling east or westbound on i-66. also, if you're continuing inside of the beltway, not seeing any major issues for you there as well. no accidents to report. and a travel speed if you're making your way inside the beltway, from the beltway on i-66 all the way to gw parkway, you're at 61 miles per hour, only taking 11 minutes to get there. angie, back to you. >> thank you, danella. redskins fans, you may soon show your team spirit wherever you drive without a bumper sticker. the d.c. council is considering a bill to allow residents to get specialty license plates featuring the logo of one of the city's eight professional sports teams. you'd have to pay a one-time fee of about $25 and a $20 renewal fee every other year.
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some states have considered specialty plates that deal with controversial issues like abortion, but supporters of the d.c. bill say the new plates could generate money for the city without generating any bad blood between neighbors unless, of course, you are a cowboys fan. new coach, same result. the caps couldn't get back to their winning ways in the nhl debut of new coach dale hunter. it was a promising start, though, to the night as alex ovechkin made a nice pass to niklas backstrom to take an early 1-0 lead. but then the same problems that have been plaguing the caps all season came back to haunt them. a couple of lapses on defense and some shaky goaltending led to two opportunities for the st. louis blues. ultimately a 2-1 win for the visitors. despite the loss, though, hunter says he does see potential. >> the guys worked hard tonight. it was a tough game. they're good defensively. we had a couple of breakdowns
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and went in the net. they get better and better after every game, after every practice. by watching them live now, we've got some stuff to work on. >> the caps will try to give hunter the first win against the rival penguins on thursday at the verizon center. the return of sidney crosby. >> at least they're giving credit for their defense. it's the first time in nine games they were able to hold the opposition to three goals. >> that's good. the time right now 4:56. coming up, a holiday tradition is ready to light up new york city. who will be
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do you have trouble opening up new electronics? now the nation's largest online store and the world's biggest retailer, they're pushing for what they call rage free packaging. amazon.com and walmart are asking vendors to do away with hard to get into plastic materials. they want hard shell plastic used to secure the toys to all go away. the epa knows as much as one-third of all consumer trash sent to the landfills are packaging. >> i just got a cd from amazon yesterday, and it still took me six hours to open it. >> they really do. sometimes it's

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